Solar Powered, Talking Ashtray is designed to get people to use the ashtray instead of throwing their cigarette buts on the ground and keep the environment clean. The solar panel means that it is self contained and maintenance free (it can still be used indoors next to a window). When someone goes to stub their butt out the censor activates the voice recorder that has the following messages: Always the first message says something like: "Tsssss (sound like hot metal being cooled in water) thank you so much for using me".
There are thousands of residents in New York City who have dogs for pets. People carry plastic bags to pick up after their dogs but there is no clean up for urine. Urine is very acidic, and destroys concrete sidewalks, plants and trees. Acid from urine eats right through the bark of a tree, and cambial zone straight to the wood zone, which destroys the trees defense system. Urine also contains a lot of salt that deprives the plants of water and burns their roots.
You throw your garbage in a bin and you hear a voice coming from inside: -Thank you and have a nice day. or some sounds like pig is eating your garbage. But people would get more surprised if two bins can make a real conversation. Can you imagine two bins in a short distance. Suddenly a voice coming from inside: -This town is full of nice people only today this is the 50th man coming tome. And there is a voice from the other bin: -Don't be show off my friend only for last hour I collect more garbage than you.
Submitted by Vladimir Atanasov
A periscope is attached to a bus stop. It aims to entertain and reduce the stress of commuters, avoiding the wait/walk dilemma. It transforms the bus stop into a playground by providing a fun diversion while waiting for the bus. The commuters can not only see if the bus is coming but by using the periscope handler, they can explore other views of the city. At the same time it works as a critical object: by being present, it also aims to initiate a conversation about the problem and the lack of the real-time information system in NYC bus stops.
Have a giant basketball hoop over a plastics recycle been in any public high school. Like your glass recycler...have the hoop make noise and total points as drink bottles are recycled.
Same idea...different format. Big pinball type apparatus drop in recyclable at top it bangs off appropriate pinball type obstacles finally ca-chinging as it drops into the bin for requisite points.
Submitted by Belinda Baker
How do we get more people to excercise? The idea here is to combine a standard step machine with a pinball machine. The machine is then operated by moving your feet to control each arm inside the machine. Hit the ball, get points and have fun!
Submitted by Omar Sotomayor Noel - Peru
Vending machines are popular in many countries around the world, but most of them sell soda and junk food. Besides being unhealthy, the bottles, cups and cans take time and money to recycle. Let’s encourage people to start reducing disposables at the source. How about a vending machine that sells healthy drinks to those who bring their own reusable bottles or mugs? The vending machine also sells reusable bottles or mugs to those who do not happen to have one with them. Whenever a customer places a bottle or mug on the dispenser, the machine will sense it and say “thank you! You are awesome!
Consistently communicate creatively simple & short water conservation messages'. Put up illustrations on water conservation on the ceiling of the hair-washing cubicle. When patrons/clients are reclining on the chair to get their hair washed, the illustration will be right in their vision. The sound and feel of the water on the head and the message above will engage the various senses of the person to make a sub-conscious impact. In those 3+ minutes of hair wash, the person will have 2 options – close eyes or see a beautiful & often funny illustration.
In Brasil, people usually don't walk on Zebra walk to cross the streets. Thinking on it, I created a fun Zebra walking, The Rainbow Zebra. When the people step on the Zebra stripes, the spotlights turn on and the people will appear of the same color as the Zebra, it also plays a fun sound, like claps or disco music. It would make crossing the streets a fun activity :)
Submitted by Gabriel Andrade
The Digital Reward System rewards boring activities with a free download of a good that is related to that particular activity.Digital Goods such as Mp3-music, E-books and Software are easy to distribute, through mobile or web platforms and infinitely multipliable, which makes a ridiculously cost-effective incentive system. This system can also be customized for any brand and integrated with all areas of marketing.
The primary concern of any government is to keep its citizens healthy. Apart from securing good hospitals and access to healthy food, it also must secure availability of sporting places for people to keep fit. The problem is that prices for fitness centers are rising substantially as more and more people attend them. We want to change this relationship to the contrary and, plus, generate energy.
How can we reward people who stay for the green light and also get them to interact in the mean time?
In a busy crosswalk we often tend to be impatient for the cross light to turn green. But crossing a red pedestrian light can be dangerous.
Our solution: The Kwik-e-Green!
The Kwik-e-Green is a square made out of six pairs of green feet shaped panels with sensors underneath, placed at the side of the curb. When six people stand on the panels the sensors react on the weight pressure of the people and instantly rewards them with a Kwik-e-Green light for them to pass the crosswalk
In society today, there is a great deal of concern over the spread of germs and viruses. This “fear” is increased amongst people globally, by the widespread media attention & coverage of viruses such as H1N1.
On a daily basis, many people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom, or before consuming food. In airports, we have noticed that fewer people wash their hands after using the bathroom, than people who are using public bathrooms elsewhere. We believe that this occurs, because people are often in a rush when travelling.
Producing green energy generated by people (during angry, fun and releasing stress, boredom), saving the planet and having fun (turning angry, stressful mood into something chirpy).
People generate lots of energy everyday, Kids playtime, teenagers having some fun or blowing 'off steam', bored and restless individuals, why not get these individuals (and we have alot of them in this world) to contribute to producing green energy via Human Powered Kinetic Energy Technology?
In using fun to make people help each other, we asked the question, can we get people to hold a door open for other people?
With "The People Counter", motion sensors and sound will be used to get people to continue holding the door open for others. Once another person walks through the door, sensors will react and cause audio to play. The audio will give the person holding the door a simple reminder to help others, in a fun and new way
Submitted by Lorenzo Calvani
GETH2O is a strategic board game that aims to develop a culture of peace amongst young people. It will be used in youth groups and community centres in order to reach a large audience across Kenya (50 million people). The central theme of the board game is the chronic water shortages in the slums of Nairobi. So doing the game encapsulates both the larger issues and the daily obstacles in the lives of our target group, the young people. Larger issues such as corruption, leadership and human rights, daily obstacles such as peer pressure, crime and water shortages.
A bike that every time you paddle it sounds with harmonious music. Nowadays a lot of people use cars which produce carbon dioxide. People would chose to ride their bikes instead, enjoying a nice tune while saving the planet. An exercise bike with this function would help people take off some pounds of weight while having a nice time.
Submitted by Randy James Gepitulan
Let's make the dogs to be addicts to the right habit! If you place dog shit into this bin, you will hear a sound to step back and it will trigger the brush to come out and take a few rounds around. Next time the dog probably wont miss this place!
Submitted by Adrienn Lencsés
How to fight the endless graffiti on every conceivable surface around the city? Install renewable graffiti "walls" - detachable plates of plastic or plasterboard on which young people can freely express themselves. One can even picture competitions going on for the best graffiti work, where all passers-by are able to vote for the favourite piece of urban art e.g. by using a designated place on the board..
Offering your seat to elderly or disabled passengers has never been so fun. Just stand up, grab hold of your ‘handle bars’, twist the grips and race other considerate Tube passengers all the way to Ealing Broadway. Submitted by Chris Whitehead.